Friday, November 09, 2007
News of Yore: Joe Buresch Sets Off 'Dinah Mite'
Editors Syndicate Offers Daily 'Dinah Mite' Panel
By Erwin Kroll (E&P, 1952)
Latest of the "nasty brat" gag cartoons is a single-panel one-column affair called "Dinah Mite" scheduled for first release Nov. 24. Editors Syndicate, New York, is handling distribution. Dinah, as you might guess, is a holy terror in small female form.
Creator of the new feature is Joe E. Buresch, and Dinah's prototype is his daughter, Linda Jean, not quite five and, he says, "the prettiest, nastiest, most lovable gal this side of the Allegheny mountains."
Mr. Buresch, 36, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and has been living within a dozen miles of his birthplace all his life. He reports he has been "making a fair living at cartoons since 1936."
"I have no other work," he says, "and stick to the drawing board and typewriter morning and afternoon doing gags and cartoons for trade papers and general magazines. I started out with a small syndicate doing a detective strip which was translated into foreign languages, then worked for a group of comic book publishers and finally settled down to gag cartoons."
His gag ideas have been used by top name cartoonists for several years now, and he regularly supplies ideas to two syndicated panels. Mr. Buresch's own cartoons have appeared in some 300 trade papers, as well as in slick magazines.
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